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Taste change? Surgery or meds?

inafixiinafix Posts: 158
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:20 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 2 weeks post op today from my posterior discectomy/laminectomy with s1/l-5 stabilization and fusion of l-5/l-4 using auto-graft bone and Dyneses hardware. I am doing really well. I had my 23 staples out today and things are going well. I forgot to ask my NS about the change I have had in taste. Ever since surgery everything including what I drink tastes off to me. I was wondering if this is a side effect of my meds? ( I'm on 20 mg perc ev. 6 hours and flexeril 3x a day) At first I thought it was the thrush I developed after coming home but that is long gone and I still can't taste well. Any thoughts?

I'm not terribly worred about it, heck it might help me eat less and drop a few of these pounds that I picked up while having a bad back. ;)


Kelly Jo


  • yes I quit smoking but that was back in early April and I just noticed it after surgery. I really think it must be the oxycodone. This is the first time I've used it. I can live with it I suppose, I was just wondering if it were common or not. Way to go on the quitting smoking! I do not ever plan to go back to that.

  • I'm thinking its caused by one of the meds you are currently taking. I know the doctor changed my sleeping pill and it gave me an awful taste in my mouth and ruined the flavor of everything I ate or drank including water so I assume that other meds can do the same thing for you. I take Perc and flexeril as well and I dont have a problem with either of them but everyones different. Just mention it to your doctor the next time you see him/her.

    Take Care,

    Christina :)
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  • I too experienced a taste change. I know it is the meds cuz when I refrain from meds for longer than two days the sensativity decreases. I have lost the taste for coffee. Too bad I wasn't a Starbucks junkie cause I would be saving a boatload of money.

    I am not sure if the change of taste or just taking meds has reduced my need for food. It is a positive since I have taken off the 15 to 20 pounds I gained since being injured last year. :)
  • Hi Kelly Jo,

    I suspect your change in taste maybe partly due to the anesthetics. A long time ago I had minor surgery and I could hardly wait to wake up so I could have my first cup of coffee that day. Guess what? When I woke up, not only that I was throwing up but even when I stopped, coffee tasted repulsive to me. And so did toothpaste. And just about everything else.

    Eventually the taste sensitivity returned, but it took me three weeks before I could enjoy my first cup of coffee. Since I was on no medication al all, I figured it had to been anesthetics. In your case, of course quitting smoking and even some of your meds could contribute to this. I have the feeling that it is only temporary.

    Overall, this is a small price to pay for a successful surgery.

    Wishing you the best in your recovery,


  • While I was in rehab the doctor had to change some of my "other" meds because of a little heart problem that developed. I have been blaming the taste on that. I sure has put a crimp in my drinking water. I can drink anything with a strong taste (OJ, grape juice, cokes) and it doesn't seem to affect food with a strong flavor. Will have to check with dr on could it be my fusion materials.
    I do want that skunk to stop stomping through my water!
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  • the sleeping pill called lunesta gives me a really bad taste in my mouth to the point I'd rather stay awake then take it. Yuck!

    Christina :)
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